Friday, 2 January 2009

Vicky Cristina Barcelona

I watched this latest Woody Allen film today and it did not disappoint. The story is about two young American women (played by Rebecca Hall (Vicky) and Scarlett Johansson (Cristina)) who are spending the summer in Barcelona. They meet Spanish painter Juan Antonio (Javier Bardem) who invites them to Oviedo to see a sculpture "that inspires him" and both women fall in love with the guy. After their return to Barcelona, Cristina moves in with Juan Antonio while Vicky's fiancé flies to Spain to be with his wife-to-be. All seems fine until Juan Antonio's ex-wife Maria Elena (Penélope Cruz) (who we know tried to kill the painter) appears and messes up everybody's life.
A fine movie with quite a few funny moments. The characters are a bit stereotypical (all Americans are materialistic and unsophisticated while the Europeans are romantic, full of life and drama, and artistic) but that's something we expect from Woody Allen. I think the lesson we should learn from this movie is that both extremes (a decent life with wife/husband and a good job, and the artistic way of free love and go-as-you-please) aren't a sure way to make one happy. Most likely, as so often, something in between is your best bet for happiness......
This movie really convinced me to go to Spain a few times this year!

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